Originally Posted by trekgirl
I tried installing Open Office 3 and it would not run. It kept saying something about not finding the expected i386 architecture when I tried to install in terminal. However the Intel Atom is an x86 processor so it should work. It boogered the system up so bad that I restored it back to factory fresh. This install came with Open Office 2.4. It has only 3 of the apps installed. When I try to install the full version I get the same problem. The problem seems to stem mostly from the database application. I don't need the app right now but it would be great to get it working. So does anyone have any ideas? Or maybe a different Office type suite that will run on Ubuntu 8.04 that can deal with the docx format now out in MS Office?
Installing one version of openoffice on top of another is fraught with problems. I had to customize my Fedora installs by not installing the OpenOffice that came with Fedora Core 10 and then installing OpenOffice 3.1 afterwards. Your problem may be that the OpenOffice you are trying to install doesn't like the OpenOffice already there.
Once installed, there is a .docx converter/integrator program that is separate from OpenOffice that you can download and install. OpenOffice 3.0 does not read .docx files natively. I can't remember if OpenOffice 3.1 does or not. Nifty separate app you can get from OpenOffice web site solves that problem.
Also, I seem to recall that OpenOffice 3.0 had a security flaw, fixed in 3.1.